In all seriousness, your suggestions and catches were grand. Below is Charli's final version. Leave your thoughts, and if you think it can be EVEN BETTER, do tell her! She'll buy you a drink! AJ
Heartless, perhaps, but it doesn’t make it any less true. Parents die, spouses, even children. We pay homage to them with vibrant, colorful flowers. But the aromatic tokens eventually rot too.
That’s why Miguel never brought flowers.
Just his thoughts. His love.
Why give the dead something that wilts and perishes? Idiotic when you think about it, cruel if you ponder it. Yet it endures as a symbol that the person buried beneath still matters. Loved, cherished, and even missed.
If she could speak, she would tell him, it was time to move on, from many things. But, he knew, as he stood over the spot where she rested, he wasn’t ready to let go.
Philadelphia, Once Upon A Time
"Maybe different, but remember… I want you not to go." Stay or Leave, Dave Matthews
The soft chords of an acoustic guitar thrummed through the air. Dave Matthews live at Radio City Music Hall filled the room. Stay or Leave. My God, he hoped Grace stayed – forever.
Miguel made due on his promise – he made love to her, soft, slow and long. Their gaze never broke. Every stroke, every caress, and every move intensified their connection. He filled her body. She filled his heart, his soul.
They were one.
The fire cast shadows against rich honey brown walls. Cherry wood work and mahogany furniture mirrored the warm feeling inside his chest.
Light fingers traced the contour of her hip. “Comfortable?” he asked.
“Hmm, mmm.” Grace moved a hand across his cheek as she tucked her head beneath his chin. Dark tresses scented with lavender tickled his senses. “Mig, tonight was perfect.”
Never in a million years did he think they’d be together, especially after being apart for so long. “Tell me how perfect, Grace?” He moved the hair from her face, so his lips could take hers, soft and brief.
“Well, dinner at Nikki’s Bistro, salsa dancing, even the vanilla custard and cherry water ice, it was all so… amazing. Every moment.” Her legs entwined with his. “Especially now.”
How many people were given a second chance at love? And not just any love but the kind that went all the way to your soul.
Grace had always been the one.